Keep cool and play safe in Summer
Bask in the warm Summer sun and enjoy the health benefits of nature. Keep cool in watering holes, alpine climates and secluded woodlands and rainforests. Remember to always put safety first and obey all park signage and ranger instructions.
Get ready for nature
Going Camping? Our rangers give us the low down
How to plan the perfect day trip
Stay cool, stay safe
Drinking untreated water from natural sources, such as streams or river, can lead to illnesses.
Storms and floods
We don’t want a little rain to dampen your enthusiasm for nature but planning appropriately for conditions (including having multiple options) will mean a safer and more enjoyable time.
Choose your adventure
Get your adrenaline fix with an abundance of breathtaking locations for outdoor sports, perfect for adventure lovers and thrill seekers. Remember to always put safety first and keep to designated areas and tracks, and help us protect our precious natural attractions.
Five reasons to choose mountains this summer
Watersports to try in summer
Outdoor fitness and adventure in Melbourne
Discover, learn and explore
Delve deeper into the fascinating environmental, cultural and historic stories behind some of Victoria's most loved natural attractions. Join a guided tour, discover hidden gems and get up close to nature with some of these educational heritage and conservation sites.
Incredible summer sights
7 unexpected things found in our parks
Top circuit walks
Relax on the perfect nature escape
Immerse yourself in nature. Breathe in the fresh air, take in breathtaking views and recharge the batteries with a nature escape to remote and tranquil places. Choose from soft adventure activities to pure relaxation and rejuvenation.
Top places to escape the summer crowds
The amazing health impacts of nature
10 ways to walk in nature
28 ways to reconnect with nature
Best places to cool off this summer — that aren’t the beach!
Live your social lifestyle outdoors
Spend social time outdoors with family and friends to enjoy the health benefits of nature at minimal to no cost. Pack a BBQ or picnic, or simply use parks as a convenient way to stay active with an abundance of cycling, running and walking trails.
Get into nature without a car
Top places to escape the summer crowds
Choose your adventure at these camping spots
Day trips without the long drive
Canoeing, kayaking and rafting
Canoeing and kayaking create many opportunities for exploring on the water, while more adrenaline-seeking visitors could try white water rafting.
Take a ride unlike any other and explore our parks by bike. Cycling is a fun, family-friendly activity to get deeper into nature, whether you’re looking for a leisurely ride along urban bike paths or a multi-day cross country adventure.
Cast a line in quiet lakes and gently flowing rivers, the pounding surf or in the depths of the bays from your boat.
For an uplifting, cool dip into freshwater, turn to nature’s refreshing pools for kids and families, committed hikers, walkers and cyclists. Many swimming holes are found in stunning greenery, or graceful waterfalls or rivers.
When the weather is on its best behaviour, there's no easier way to enjoy nature than with a picnic. Many parks are equipped with picnic tables or benches and some have BBQ facilities or cafes where food can be purchased.
Marine national parks and sanctuaries exist to protect Victoria’s unique and diverse marine ecosystem, and the many plants and animals that live in them. Discover our underwater worlds, and some unexpected finds, and meet some of the marine life that these parks protect!
Sunrises and sunsets
Early birds after a night of camping under the stars can witness one of the most rejuvenating ways to start a day in nature - watching the sun rise. From numerous crests and pinnacles in Victoria’s parks, sunset skies blaze orange and yellow and bruised hues with soft-edged clouds that inspire artists and photographers. Sunsets cap the ideal outing for picnics, hikes and overnight camping.
Victoria is home to some of Australia’s best surfing. Enjoy Victoria’s rugged coastline and catch a wave at one of these great breaks.